Are you one of the estimated 70,000 businesses that still need to register for PST in order to start collecting the tax on April 1?
Even if your business was registered for PST prior to 2010, you'll still need to register for the new system to begin collecting tax this spring. Registration may be done entirely online (or on paper, if you prefer) and there are a number of information resources available to guide you through it.
How to Register
Registering for PST has been streamlined through the new eTaxBC online system, and should take about ten to twenty minutes to complete. To register, visit www.gov.bc.ca/etaxbc/register and review the "Before You Start" instructions prior to beginning the registration process. The BC Government has posted a step-by-step video online to help guide you through the registration process.
Once you've registered, you can continue on to sign up for an online account where you can file and pay PST, as well as manage your PST accounts going forward.
Alternatively, you can also register for PST in person at a Service BC Centre (find locations at www.service.gov.bc.ca) or by mail or fax (download the Application for Registration for Provincial Sales Tax (FIN 418) at www.gov.bc.ca/pst under "Forms and Publications").
Need More Help?
Small Business BC is holding a Returning to Provincial Sales Tax (PST) seminar on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 9:00–10:00 a.m. Gabrielle Loren, a Certified General Accountant, will provide a brief overview of the transition to PST and the implications for your business, followed by a Q&A session. You can attend the seminar in-person at the SBBC office, or attend remotely by video conference or by webinar. Register for the seminar today.
Additionally, throughout March the BC Government will host a number of general PST webinars and in-person seminars at locations around the province. A webinar specific to the foodservice and restaurant industry will take place on Tuesday, March 12. Advance registration is required for all webinars.
The BC Government also offers businesses one-on-one consultations by phone or in-person with provincial sales tax specialists to help answer questions about PST and registration.
For More Information
To contact the BC Government with your tax questions, email CTBTaxQuestions@gov.bc.ca or call 1-877-388-4440.